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Re: Megaraptor (again)
Well, I've gotten a lot of response to what I wrote about the new find,
*Megaraptor*, some favorable, some not. I expected that, and that was
why I posted the stuff in the first place. To begin, none of what I
wrote I support as absolute fact -- when dealing with dinosaurs, who
can? *Deinonychus* has recently had a face-lift (thanks to Greg Paul,
who published the most recent restoration, and in my mind the best and
But with concern to *Megaraptor*, I never said he was similar to
*Noasaurus*. I merely stated that little argentine as an example. And to
clarify for others, I do believe *Noasaurus* has more in common with
*Ornitholestes* than with *Carnotaurus*. However, as everything, that
I haven't seen anything about the cladobabble bit since I posted that
first message on the Argentina "raptor".
The fact is, I did not say *Megaraptor* was a spinosauroid. I said that
a case can be made against in being a raptor by showing that the same
was done with *Baryonyx* for almost ten years, when the "world's largest
'raptor' " was found in Oxfordshire (?), England.
However, it _could_ be a spinosauroid, or a raptor, or something more or
like an allosauroid, or something totally new. My main case was that the
claw touted as "pedal" could be "manual", as in *Baryonyx*.
Jaime A. Headden, or Jaemei (the Arboni spelling of my name)
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